Geldards and KTS Owens Thomas acted for Uprise Marketing.
Mr Rowlands said: "The acquisition of VSIthinking by Uprise Marketing has created a strong agency, offering customers a comprehensive range of digital marketing services.
"Finance Wales is pleased to back Uprise's ambitious, high-calibre team.
Gareth Rees Jones, managing director of Uprise Marketing said: "Josh's appointment is a key step in our plan to continue to develop the business by targeting new clients both within Wales and throughout the UK."
Josh Llewellyn-Jones, client relationship director of Uprise Marketing
Mr Manning joins Uprise as design director from Cardiff Design Company, where he was creative director.
A Welsh speaker from Cardiff, Mr Manning will be responsible for heading Uprise's design team and will work with Mr Taylor to develop online and offline creative work.
Established in July 2012 by the former marketing and commercial director of the Celtic Manor Resort, Gareth Rees Jones, and the former MD and co-founder of IT Software Company FD Systems, Geoff Thomas, Uprise Marketing specialises in outsourced marketing and lead generation for SMEs.